Thursday, 29 September 2016

FW: ‘The Value of Implementing Technology in Apprenticeships’

'The Value of Implementing Technology in Apprenticeships'
Announcing Assessment Tomorrow Half-day Seminar Hilton Central Leeds, Thursday, 17th November 2016 Delegate Registration fee: £65 plus VAT

Announcing a half day seminar exploring the use of technology to support, enhance and manage assessment and learning within Apprenticeship training and qualifications; a seminar for providers, assessment bodies, managers, employers, HR, and technology suppliers.

The focus towards high stakes end point assessment and away from the models of continuous assessment that have operated in the vocational qualification sector will present some intriguing and momentous challenges. In designing the end point assessment, there will be significant value both in terms of efficiency and accessibility for apprentices if technology is brought to bear on the process. In addition, the use of suitable technology enhances the employability skills of the learners by enabling the assessment to represent "real world" employment practises.

There is an opportunity to encourage the use of flexible digitally enabled assessment tools, these might include virtual reality and other appropriate assessment technologies along with more commonly used online testing systems.

At the seminar, speakers will address the issues from a range of viewpoints including the standards development, the assessment development and the provision of suitable assessment delivery systems.

Full details for booking at this half-day seminar in Leeds (fee £65 plus VAT) can be found at

We do hope you or one of your colleagues will be able to join us for what promises to be an intriguing and thought-provoking event.

Jeff Ross
Joint Conference Director

Wednesday, 28 September 2016

Educational Futures and Fractures

Call for Abstracts: Educational Futures and Fractures

 Professor Yvette Taylor is hosting a new, free conference entitled
Educational Futures and Fractures

24th February 2017, Technology Innovation Centre (TIC)
This conference is driven by a central concern with educational futures, asking what, who and where is the future of Higher Education?  It will focus on transitions in undergraduate, postgraduate and academic staff flows and trajectories, asking what people and places are rendered (im)mobile, what fractures persist as educational fault-lines reconstituting inequalities across time and place, race and ethnicity, class, gender and sexuality? What alternative futures might be claimed amidst educational pressures, economic pressures, competitiveness and ‘failures’? What kinds of teaching practices, politics and activism, might resist the further stratification of educational futures? 

Tuesday, 27 September 2016

FW: CRA webinar programme for the autumn


Please find below details of the first of our online webinars for the Autumn term.  


All are free to CRA members but open to non-members too, so please book your place now as numbers are limited. 



"Using student engagement data as an enhancement tool" Webinar

Wednesday 05 October 2016, 01:00pm - 02:00pm

Led by Clare Milsom and Elena Zaitseva, Liverpool John Moores University 


This webinar will report upon the use at LJMU of data from the pilot phase of the UK Engagement survey both to inform institutional thinking and as a stimulus to develop understanding and new practice with staff and students.  In this webinar key lessons will be presented, and the process fully described, as colleagues may wish to consider how such an approach may be transferable to their own working context.  A handful of tickets are still available here.




Hartpury Advantage - SAGE Webinar

Wednesday 19 October 2016, 12:30pm - 01:30pm

Led by Gill Reindl & Carrie Ijichi,  Hartpury College, Gloucester.

SAGE stands for Student Achievement and Graduate Employability and was a pilot programme at Hartpury University Centre in the last academic year. Our goal was to improve student engagement with graduate development sessions and boost academic performance. To do this, we offered a menu of sessions that students could choose to meet their needs. These were delivered by staff who identified as having expertise and conviction in the importance of the subject to increase the authenticity of delivery. This webinar will explore our story from the last year including the challenges faced and the impact of the programme which included some real surprises. We’ll also discuss the future of the project and our ambitious plans for the Achievement and Success Centre which is one of the many important features of what we call the “Hartpury Advantage”.

To book a ticket for this live webinar please click here.



'A Measure of Success? Capturing Learning Gain from Work Placements' Webinar

Tuesday 22 November 2016, 12:00pm - 01:00pm

Led by Lorraine Anderson, University of Dundee


The concept of 'learning gain' currently has significant currency across the HE sector. This is not to say, however, that the term has been either clearly defined or that it goes uncontested. The Learning Gain Project at the University of Dundee is contributing to the debate by exploring learning gain in the context of work placements. This webinar will provide a brief outline of the work to date, followed by the findings and questions that it has raised, and the future direction of the Learning Gain at Dundee Project.

To book a ticket for this live webinar please click here.



Rob Ward

The Centre for Recording Achievement

104 - 108 Wallgate, Wigan, Lancashire, WN3 4AB.

Tel: 01942 826761; Fax: 01942 323337; E-mail:

Registered Company No: 3717882   Registered Charity No: 1088700

 A national network organisation and registered educational charity.


Places now available on all our events listed below.


"Using student engagement data as an enhancement tool" Webinar

Wednesday 5th October 2016

More information.


"Hartpury Advantage - SAGE" Webinar

Wednesday 19th October 2016

More information.


The 16th  Annual Residential Seminar

Chancellors Conference Centre, University of Manchester

Thursday 8th & Friday 9th December 2016

Further details are available here



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Tuesday, 20 September 2016

FW: Promoting Student Engagement, Belonging and Purpose: developing Excellence in Personal Tutoring… The Third National Tutoring Seminar: your invitation


  We are now pleased to provide full details of the third National Tutoring Seminar on the theme of Promoting Student Engagement, Belonging and Purpose:  developing Excellence in Personal Tutoring…, which will take place on 26th October, 2016 and be hosted by the University of Central Lancashire, Preston. 


Given the emerging national context, the seminar will seek to:

  • Firmly locate Tutoring and Advising Practice in the 'Excellence Agenda' from a range of perspectives:  Sectoral, Institutional, Departmental and Student. Participants will leave with an appreciation of thinking, resources and frameworks which can be utilised to ensure that effective and excellent practice in student support and guidance is fully developed and represented in the TEF.
  • Showcase innovative thinking and practice from across the sector.


  • And provide the initial workshop for the second cohort of the CRA/SEDA Professional Development Award in Personal Tutoring and Academic Advising, which is currently only available via this route.


Full information is attached, together with a range of booking options:


A. For the Seminar alone.

B. For the Seminar and Registration for the SEDA Professional Development Award in Personal and Academic Tutoring. Those opting for this will be invited to attend the extension Portfolio workshop to initiate their work on the Award. 

C. For the Award alone.


For options B and C the Award can be undertaken as an individual or as a member of an institutional cohort (3-6 staff) with mentoring support either from CRA staff or, subject to a formal MoU) by institutional staff.  In either case the fee meets all support and accreditation costs associated with the Award-no further fees are payable.


Given the date of the seminar the closing date for signing up to the Award has now been extended to 26th October 2016.


If you'd like to discuss any aspect of this please do not hesitate to get in touch.


We look forward to hearing from you.



With best wishes




Rob Ward


The Centre for Recording Achievement

104-108 Wallgate,  Wigan WN3 4AB, UK


Tel: 01942 826761    Fax: 01942 323337


Registered Company No: 3717882   Registered Charity No: 1088700


A national network organisation and registered educational charity.


Supporting the Implementation of the Higher Education Achievement Report



Europortfolio: the European Network of Eportfolio Experts and Practitioners


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Saturday, 3 September 2016

FW: Understanding the Contemporary HE Student: seminar on 21 Sept


Places are still available at the seminar below. Please forward to any colleagues or postgraduate researchers who you think may be interested in attending. Many thanks!





Wednesday, 21st September 2016

University of Surrey, LTJ, Lecture Theatre Block






09.30-10.00     Coffee and registration


10.00-10.15     Welcome and overview of the ‘EuroStudents’ project

                        Rachel Brooks, University of Surrey


10.15-11.15     Keynote presentation: Student Experience in Context: higher education policy and the changing value of university education

Michael Tomlinson, University of Southampton


11.15-11.30     Break


11.30-13.00     Parallel sessions


Session A: LTJ


                        Spatial and social (im)mobilities through higher education

                        Michael Donnelly, University of Bath


                        Students in cities – the everyday mobilities of contemporary UK students

                        Mark Holton, Plymouth University and Kirsty Finn, Lancaster University


‘Talent-spotting’? Inequality, cultural sorting and constructions of the ideal employable graduate

Nicola Ingram, Lancaster University and Kim Allen, University of Leeds


Session B: LTF


Her majesty the student: marketised higher education and the narcissistic (dis)satisfactions of the student-consumer

Elizabeth Nixon, Richard Scullion and Robert Hearn, University of Nottingham


The student-as-consumer versus the student-as-learner: some preliminary findings from the UK

Stefanie Sonnenberg, University of Portsmouth


Understanding the student experience

                        Rachel Spacey and Mary Stuart, University of Lincoln


13.00-14.00     Lunch


14.00-15.30     Parallel sessions


Session C: LTJ


Unreasonable rage, disobedient dissent: the social construction of student activists through media and institutional discourses in the United Kingdom

Jessica Gagnon, University of Portsmouth


‘I am completely uninterested in politics’: ‘Filial nationalism’ and ‘rational patriotism’ as mainland Chinese students’ political orientations in Hong Kong

Cora Lingling Xu, University of Cambridge


Understanding the contemporary HE student: ‘It’s like a bubble. You just get sucked in’

Grace Sykes, Northampton University


Session D: LTF


How institutional doxa an shape choice within higher education

Jon Rainford, Staffordshire University


Contemporary students’ rights: a discursive strategy to overcome hysteresis in a post-92 HE setting

Karl Baker-Green and Cinnamon Bennett, Sheffield Hallam University


Paradoxes of the academisation process: a sociological exploration of the history of foreign and classical language education since 1864

Eric Lybeck, University of Exeter


15.30-15.45     Break


15.45-16.45     Keynote presentation: Biopolitics and the ‘making’ of the unexceptional student: some geographical reflections on education in East Asia

Johanna Waters, University of Oxford 


16.45-17.00     Concluding comments




To attend the seminar, please register at: (There is a small charge of £30.)



Rachel Brooks

Professor of Sociology and Executive Editor, British Journal of Sociology of Education

Department of Sociology

University of Surrey





T: 01483 686987


Twitter: @_rachel_brooks


New ‘EuroStudents’ research project:


Latest article: Brooks, R., Byford, K. and Sela, K (2016) The spaces of UK students’ unions: extending the critical geographies of the university campus, Social and Cultural Geography, 17, 4, 471-490.